An effective, humourous account of the history and idiosyncrasies of the Bengali community — from one of their own.
Vignettes from the journeys of two women who romanced the Himalayas.
Andy Weir’s second book doesn’t take off as spectacularly as his first — he can do better than a bumpy space heist.
A compelling account of the environmental concerns that India faces and practical solutions that could resolve the deadlocks
The workings of Chinese politics made comprehensible to the average Indian reader.
A valuable addition to the enriching resources available on Shahjahanabad, this time in translation of a nearly two centuries old Persian account.
Jeet Thayil’s latest novel is an ambitious, polyphonic work that veers into cultural history, with occasional excursions into meta-fiction
Of serendipitious collaborations and sparkling ideas
The book’s triumph is largely due to the anecdotes scattered within it in abundance, with scarcely a few pages passing by without some interesting nugget of information cropping up.
The author sets it off at a brisk pace and the characters are interesting set pieces. Half way through, however, the pace slows down, along with the motivation to read.
In Hindutva Rising, Vanaik restates his concern about the rise of Hindu communalism, under the changed circumstances of an incumbent BJP government that won an absolute majority in the 2014 parliamentary elections.
Ideas, clearly, are what your letters deal with. That you counsel an “examined life”, the tough task of speaking truth to power and unravelling the hypocrisies, fallacies, and ethical lacunae of our times is certainly advice well taken.
As I understand it, social business has three defining characteristics. First, it is a non-profit enterprise. Second, it has a social purpose. Third, it is financially self-sustaining.
In its interim order on Wednesday, the CAT held that the “recommendations of the screening committee are not only arbitrary, illegal and against the principles of natural justice, but also the result of non-application of mind, and at the same time against the principles of equality as enshrined under Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India.”
Kavitha Rao’s novel is an ambitious project that tries to tie together different strands such as reading, the worrying state of library budgets around the world and how Vidya comes into her own
Examining our roles in the emotional and mental growth of our children
Who were the people who wrote letters to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi? A new volume seeks to profile his early correspondents
Courtroom ‘astrology’, a game of Crinklelogy, and other memories of the finest researcher of the early history of South Asia’s judicial institutions
Maria Sharapova’s memoir is more of an unintended homage to her rival Serena Williams than about her struggle to come into her own in a highly competitive sport
BN Goswamy brings to life the fascinating career of the elusive 18th century Pahari painter Manaku
Bridging the gap in knowledge about officials who serve in the Tibet Autonomous Region
The BBC Hindi journalist undertook the journey in 2000, soon after a spate of Hindi speakers from the northern part of the country were massacred ahead of the 2001 elections.
Derek O’Brien’s account of the inner workings of Parliament is a good first draft, but doesn’t go beyond that
A simple, non-technical starter pack for understanding the new lines of fire in the electronic battlefield
Two books attempt to contextualise the 1962 war and the softer diplomatic bouts between India and China
CP Surendran taps into his twilight zone to produce confessional poetry that echoes beyond geographies, speaking to and of the achingly lonely
Crucial points ring out about the old debate between traditional and modern knowledge systems. But none resonate a solution
A window to the Garhwal mountains, Ganesh Saili’s book is also a journey that is at once personal and historical
How Padmavati’s trailer overtook the main feature, and the cop-out in Zimbabwean coup reporting
The biography traverses the predictable path of recounting Hema’s childhood years, strict Tamilian upbringing under the watchful eyes of her mother Jaya Chakravarti and her rigorous Bharatnatyam training.
Apart from books on the celebrated dyad of Indian cinema — Hindi films and Bengali directors — the epitome of commerce and art, other cinemas in India seldom get a mention in these ‘national’ narratives.
For the initiated, there is something all-encompassing about the name ‘Madras’ — stitched together by millions of narratives, the city has perennially been on the cusp of tradition and modernity, warmth and cruelty, glamour and grime.
Football expert Novy Kapadia’s latest book, Barefoot to boots: Many Lives of Indian Football, is an eye-opener is many ways. But it also surprises you with tales beyond the football pitch, underlining the cultural influence the sport had before it went into a freefall.
In his latest novel, Salman Rushdie addresses the question of evil and how our choices impact our destinies, through the story of a dysfunctional family
Former Prasar Bharti chairman A Surya Prakash’s latest book offers some case studies from an era in independent India which illustrates what terrible woes can befall a nation when democracy is snuffed out.
A searingly honest account of one man’s struggle with bipolar disorder